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Unleashing Potential: Supporting Women's Entrepreneurship

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Los Angeles City Hall

200 N. Spring Street

Bradley Tower

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Women are starting small businesses at a higher rate than men, and their businesses are generating jobs and business revenues above the national average. Supporting female entrepreneurs, especially women of color, has the potential to unlock tremendous growth for their communities. These businesses also continue to be an immovable force in the community, using their voices to heal, educate, empower others and activate change.

This thought-provoking and diverse event will feature presentations & panel discussions on how women entrepreneurs of color are shifting the dynamic in critical areas like economic security and the wage gap, and highlight resources for female business owners on topics like healthcare, mentoring and access to capital.

Topics include:

  • Mentoring

  • Venturize Platform

  • Access to Capital

  • Crowdfunding Campaigns

8:30 AM: Sign-in and networking

9:00 AM: Opening Remarks

  • LA Mayor's Office of Economic Development: Sonya Blake, Director of Community Business
  • Small Business Majority: Xiomara Peña, CA Deputy Director & National Hispanic Outreach Manager

9:15 AM: Mentoring Presentation

9:25 AM: Accessing Technical Assistance Panel

Moderator:

  • Small Business Majority: Bianca Blomquist, Northern California Outreach Manager

Panelists:

  • FreeFrom: Tannia Ventura, Entrepreneurship Program Manager
  • Small Business Development Center-East Los Angeles Initiative: Claudia Shah, Business Advisor
  • VEDC: Monica Guevara, Women's Business Center Director
  • Wadeco Capital: Connie Sparks, Finance Specialist

10:00 AM: Venturize Platform Presentation

10:15 AM: Access to Capital 101 Presentation

11:00 AM: Traditional & Alternative Capital Sources Panel

Moderator:

  • Small Business Majority: Xiomara Peña

Panelists:

  • Camino Financial: Yvette Salas, Relationship Manager
  • CDC Small Business Finance: Marsell Watts, Senior Business Advisor
  • Crowdfund Better: Kathleen Minogue, Founder
  • Opportunity Fund, Lindsay Chung, Loan Consultant
  • The 22 Fund: Tracy Gray, Managing Director

11:45 AM: Closing Remarks

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Space is limited to aspiring and current women owners with confirmed RSVPs.

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Program is a special initiative from Small Business Majority offering tools & resources for female entrepreneurs to succeed.

For more information, contact: Xiomara Peña at (818) 470-0377 or xpena@smallbusinessmajority.org

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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